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Writer, director, and star Angelina Jolie Pitt’s drama By the Sea will make its world premiere Nov. 5 as the opening film of AFI Fest, organizers have announced.

Reuniting Jolie Pitt and husband Brad Pitt on screen for the first time in a decade, By the Sea follows an American writer and his wife as they arrive in a picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France with their marriage on the rocks. Jolie Pitt has said the film, her directorial follow-up to Unbroken, is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s.

AFI chief Bob Gazzale said in a statement, “Time and again, Angelina Jolie Pitt has proven herself an artist of the highest caliber. It is an honor for AFI to celebrate her latest story with its world premiere — and in doing so — to shine a proper light upon her boundless creative energies as actor, director, writer, and producer.”

Jolie Pitt added that “AFI has long supported the boldness and experimentation that accompanies provocative cinema.”

The 29th AFI Fest runs Nov. 5-12 in Hollywood. Last year J.C. Chandor’s crime drama A Most Violent Year opened the festival.

Universal Pictures will release By the Sea on Nov. 13.

Via: EW

Aug 28, 2015

Would you expect anything less than arresting beauty from a film starring Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt? But the actress, who also wrote and directed this film about an estranged married couple struggling with grief, says that setting By the Sea in the 1970s wasn’t without its aesthetic challenges. “It makes me happy when people say the movie looks period but also beautiful,” she says. “I was little in the ’70s, and to see our old pictures, well…” She laughs. “It was not great.”

Filming took place in Malta last August, with the quiet island of Goza standing in for seaside France. Cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) kept the look of the production as realistic as possible. “It’s all natural light so it doesn’t feel artificial,” Jolie Pitt says. “When we did scenes, we didn’t have big lighting setups in our face for close-ups.” That stripped-down intimacy helped with some of the film’s heavier moments. “We watch this couple go off the track and we wait to see if it gets more unhealthy, or if they will recover,” she says. “I think too often people go through very painful transformative experiences and they don’t stay together. They abandon each other.”

The reverse was true for the newly wedded stars — who worked on the film during their honeymoon — though it certainly wasn’t without its darker moments. “It was an emotionally charged set,” Jolie Pitt says. “Even though the characters are very different from us, when you act you still express real emotion.” Luckily, the couple’s six kids were on hand to ground them. “It’s impossible to bring your work home with you when you have to snap out of it for your children,” she says. “It wasn’t easy for either of us, but when we walked away, we were closer than we had been.”

By the Sea opens Nov. 13.


Aug 13, 2015

Angelina Jolie Pitt will executive produce the upcoming animated film “The Breadwinner” through her Jolie Pas Productions shingle.

The film, which will be directed by Nora Towmey, is based on Deborah Ellis’ internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name. The story revolves around a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned.

“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution,” Jolie Pitt said. “I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana.”

The film is being produced by Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Productions, with producers Tomm Moore and Paul Young of the Cartoon Saloon, Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen of Aircraft Pictures, and Stephan Roelants of Melusine Productions.

Published by Groundwood Books, “The Breadwinner” has been in print for more than 15 years and is recommended reading in numerous middle schools throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Jolie Pitt will be directing the upcoming Netflix original movie “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.” She can be seen next opposite husband Brad Pitt in the Universal drama “By the Sea,” which she is also helming.

She is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group.


Aug 11, 2015

In her short but notable run so far as a director, Angelina Jolie has shown a propensity towards making films about pain, suffering, and death. It seems that she will continue that trend for an upcoming project, as she has just signed a deal with Netflix to helm a project called First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.

Variety was the first to report about the film, which is being based on the memoir of the same name by Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung. In addition to directing, Angelina Jolie is also producing and has co-written the script with the woman who went through the horrific story told in the book. In an official statement about the developing movie and her personal connection to the story, Jolie said,

I was deeply affected by Loung’s book. It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.

First They Killed My Father was first released in 2000, and begins in the mid-1970s when Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge took over the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Loung Ung was five years old at the time, and with her parents gone she was enlisted as a child soldier in an orphan work camp. According to the trade report, Angelina Jolie first contacted the author more than a decade ago, and after becoming close friends they began to work on a screenplay together.

Angelina Jolie began her career as a director in 2011, when she both wrote and helmed the Bosnian War-set In The Land of Blood And Honey – and it was last year that she found herself working from a Coen brothers script and making the World War II torture story Unbroken. Most recently, she has actually been getting away from the “pain and suffering” genre, and has completed filming the romantic drama By The Sea – which she stars in with her husband, Brad Pitt. That film is currently in post-production, and currently on schedule to be released November 13th.

While the trade report doesn’t 100 confirm it, it would appear as though First They Killed My Father will be the next film Angelina Jolie directs. While there is no official release date penciled in, there is a plan to have the finished cut available on Netflix in late 2016. There is also consideration being given to the idea of having the movie play at certain but unspecified international film festivals before its streaming service debut. It will be interesting to see how this project develops, especially when it comes to casting the actress to play Loung Ung, so stay tuned for more updates.

Via: CinemaBlend

Jul 24, 2015

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in By The Sea

Universal Pictures today announced that it will release By the Sea, Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie Pitt’s directorial follow-up to the studio’s Unbroken, on November 13, 2015, domestically. International releases for the film will build around this date.

Written, directed and produced by Jolie Pitt, the dramatic film stars Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who are supported by an international ensemble led by Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer.

By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

In its style, and its treatment of themes of the human experience,By the Sea is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s.

“This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love, and the path to recovery and acceptance,” said Jolie Pitt. “It has been a privilege to explore these universal human experiences with such a generous and talented cast and crew.”

“Angie and Brad have created an intimate gem of a film that will surprise people and delivers an experience they might not expect from them,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures. “Universal is honored to market and distribute it to audiences around the world.”

Jolie Pitt is joined behind the scenes by a key crew that includes cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), who used his Cine Reflect Lighting System to shoot the film; production designer Jon Hutman (Unbroken); editor Patricia Rommel (The Lives of Others); and costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Pitt joins her in production duties, while Chris Brigham (Inception), Holly Goline (Unbroken) and Michael Vieira (Unbroken) serve as executive producers.


May 8, 2015

That’d would be just AWESOME! Via Cinema Blend

Late last year Marvel announced super heroine Carol Danvers would lead their first female-driven film, Captain Marvel, marking the nineteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and the seventh installment of Phase 3). With more than three years between now and the film’s slated July 6, 2018 release, details on who will helm and star in the potential MCU game-changer have yet to come to fruition. But with this latest development, it looks very possible that Angelina Jolie may be the one sitting in the director’s chair.

On the high of her latest directorial effort Unbroken, word on the street is that Jolie just received a gargantuan offer to direct Captain Marvel. According to the February issue of OK! Magazine, the executives at Marvel Studios were so impressed by her handling of the material in the above-mentioned biographical drama that they have offered her a whopping $20 million to direct their first female-led film. While reports say Jolie is seriously considering the offer, no official deal has been struck. Here’s what an inside source had to say about it:

“Having a female director is a priority for them [Marvel]. …She [Jolie] never thought she’d be in such huge demand as a director, and to be courted by Marvel after the Sony fiasco is a huge pat on the back.”

The latter comment refers to the leaked emails by Sony co-chair Amy Pascal, who called the two-time director a “minimally talented spoiled brat.” Brat or no brat, she may not only soon be $20 million dollars richer, but may also be primarily responsible for laying the tracks for all forthcoming super heroines, as Captain Marvel can literally make or break the entire future of female-led superhero films. Keep in mind, though, that this is coming from a gossip magazine, so it’s probably to be taken lightly.

Prior to the above reported information, Joss Whedon was the name that kept coming up as the one likely to fill the coveted yet critical position. Having close ties to both the film and series versions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he certainly knows a thing or two about how to handle tough female leads. Also, having directed the hugely successful The Avengers and its upcoming (likely to be even more of a box-office smash) sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, he is likely at the top of Marvel Studios’ list. While Whedon would absolutely be a great fit for the material, he’s been pretty clear about wanting to try something else. Besides, Marvel may be right to be put a woman at the helm. Whether Jolie is the right choice is another question entirely though.

Unbroken is Jolie’s second film as a director, following her prior 2011 war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey. The biographical war drama, which earned three Academy Award nominations, follows Louis Zamperini through his days trapped in a Japanese prison camp in WWII, prior to his going on to triumph as an Olympic star. Her next directorial effort By the Sea will mark her big screen reunion with husband Brad Pitt, both of who last starred together in 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. While she’s proven she can handle difficult material, as well as content based on real life events, Marvel films (and superhero movies in general) are a different beast altogether.

Feb 9, 2015

Angelina Jolie is at tonight’s 20th Critics Choice Awards where her movie Unbroken is nominated for several Categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. These categories have not been reveled yet. Here’s a first look of Angie at the red carpet:


Jan 16, 2015

Angelina Jolie was honored with an Award at the 15th Annual AFI Awards for her movie Unbroken. Here are photos from the event:

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Jan 10, 2015

Angelina Jolie has just beaten two giants.

Jolie’s second work as a director, Unbroken, is now expected to be the top film at the Christmas Day box office, besting Disney’s Into the Woods as well as the final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

Unbroken is on track to earn $15.6 million in Christmas Day ticket sales, according to Deadline, outpacing Into the Woods, which was initially expected to be the day’s big winner with an estimated $13.6 million in sales.

The film, which Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson calls “respectfully, carefully made”, is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling biography of Louis Zamperini, the real life Olympic runner turned World War II airman turned P.O.W. Jolie directed the cast that includes Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, and Jack O’Connell. (See Vanity Fair’s photo shoot with the cast here.) Unbroken has also earned an A- at Cinemascore.

Jolie told Vanity Fair what she hoped audiences would take away from the film: “The main message [of the movie] is about how you choose to live your life—that there is greatness in everyone.”

The box office triumph must be doubly sweet for Jolie, after the hopeful Oscar contender was overlooked by both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. While she waits for the Oscar nominations to be announced, Jolie has nominations for best picture, director, adapted screenplay and cinematography from the Critics’ Choice Awards (plus Brad Pitt) to keep her warm at night.


Dec 27, 2014

Here’s the full interview from The Hollywood Report Directors Round Table. You can read the interview over at their website.

Dec 13, 2014
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